One of my long time themes has been that our culture is drifting away from grown-up thinking toward more childish thinking: e.g., Who? Whom? Thinking basically depends upon a 6-year-old’s confidence in knowing who are the Good Guys and who are the Bad Guys.
And now, we are seeing the spread of grown-ups having extremely intense My Favorite Color opinions.
From Complex.com, which is not an Onion/Babylon Bee-like parody site:
FEB 01, 2019
Black History Month collections from major sneaker brands like Nike and Adidas have become rather commonplace over the past few years. … One such model slated to release from Adidas this year has been withdrawn from the collection amid backlash.
Official Look at the adidas Ultra Boost “Celebrating Black Culture” releasing soon pic.twitter.com/DIiFOKEELT— JustFreshKicks (@JustFreshKicks) January 20, 2019
The design in question was dubbed the “Celebrating Black Culture” Ultra Boost Uncaged. It featured a cream white upper devoid of any of the usual colors and patterns usually seen on many “BHM” releases.
In other words, it’s an all-white shoe.
… When images of the pair first surfaced last month, social media users expressed confusion over how the shoe’s design represented its supposed theme.
Sooooo…. “Black Culture” huh? Explain where the culture of black/African is represented here by an all white shoe? I need answers.
Following the backlash, Adidas has decided to remove the pair from this year’s “Black History Month” collection.
… “Toward the latter stages of the design process, we added a running shoe to the collection that we later felt did not reflect the spirit or philosophy of how adidas believes we should recognize and honor Black History Month. After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw the product from the collection.”